2020 is here. As is the case every year, people around the world are looking within and thinking about what their New Year’s resolution should be. For many, their resolution focuses on areas that could be improved in their personal lives, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or dedicating more time to volunteer work. But at ClickSafety, we believe that the New Year’s resolution tradition is the perfect opportunity to reinforce general workplace safety values across your entire company. Here are some tips on how to do so.
Focus on What Matters Most
Regardless of the industry you’re in, the safety of all workers must be top of mind. Yet even with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards in place, far too many companies experience tragedy in any given year. For instance, 5,250 workers lost their lives on the job in 2018 due to an injury or illness sustained on a job site. That equates to an astonishing average of 100 deaths per week or more than 14 deaths per day.
From rushing to finish a project on time to failing to be mindful of a workplace’s risks, it can be all too easy for workers to forget to include their own safety on their list of priorities. But at the end of the day, all that truly matters is that every employee returns home safely at the end of each and every workday. Whether conveyed through a company-wide emails, meetings or other safety initiatives, it’s the perfect time of year to remind all workers of the importance of general workplace safety and put actions in place that will improve safety awareness and knowledge in 2020.
Recognizing Top Violations
Your upcoming New Year’s resolution is also a chance to reflect on general workplace safety issues from 2019 and make every effort to avoid them in 2020. At the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in September, OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited violations of 2019. While the order may have changed slightly from previous years, the list remains the same:
- Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
- Scaffolding – General Requirements (1926.451)
- Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
- Ladders (1926.1053)
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
- Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)
- Machine Guarding – General Requirements (1910.212)
- Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)
Avoiding these violations doesn’t have to be a guessing game – ClickSafety is here to provide the training workers and their teams need to avoid being cited for violations. Check out our most popular courses addressing OSHA's Top 10 for 2019.
Encouraging Ongoing Training
While workers across construction and general industry have OSHA training requirements to complete, going above and beyond in training is an excellent safety resolution for 2020. As a result of training through safety courses like ours, worker fatalities have steadily decreased, dropping from roughly 38 deaths per day in 1972 to around 14 per day in 2019. OSHA also reports that the rate of workplace injuries and illnesses has decreased by 8.1 incidents per 100 workers since 1972. There’s no such thing as too much knowledge when it comes to safe workplace behaviors, and both employees and employers can benefit from registering and completing some additional safety training in the New Year.
Starting the New Year with ClickSafety
For over 20 years, we have been committed to helping companies like yours build a comprehensive safety culture through our vast lineup of OSHA and other online safety training resources. Find out how we can help you make general workplace safety a top resolution for 2020 by contacting us today, and we’ll be happy to discuss which courses are most appropriate for your workplace.